VARVARA & MAR Knitted Experiments / Experimenting while Knittingꞌ







Between 2012 and 2014 Varvara & Mar have produced a number of art pieces that talk about and through knitting: SPAMpoetryConnected, KniticKombiNeuroKnitting, and Circular Knitic. The artists have started with learning knitting as a production technique and proceeded with using this medium as craftivism and even developing their own open source knitting tools. Hence, the exhibition underlines the learning process of the artists: from on hand, starting from the simple shapes and gradually moving to the volumetric forms, and from another, hacking an existing obsolete knitting machine from the 1970s to developing their own knitting machine.

Varvara & Mar is an artist duo formed by Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet in 2009. They have exhibited their art pieces in a number of international shows and festivals. In 2014 duo has been commission by Google and Barbican Centre for creating a new art piece for Digital Revolution exhibition. And last year their public art proposal for Green Square Library and Plaza in Sydney was nominated for the final stage. In addition to that, they have been on nonstop residency tour for three years. The artist duo locates itself in the field of art and technology and is concerned about the new forms of art, innovation, and also the application of knitting in the field of digital fabrication. They use and challenge technology in order to explore novel concepts in art and design. Hence, research is an integral part of their creative practice.

KRISTINA ÕLLEK, KERT VIIART “You Know You’ve Become Part of the View”







The exhibition “You Know You’ve Become Part of the View ” is a continuation to Õllek’s previous exhibition project “When You Have the Object Itself in Front of Your Eyes” and their collaborative project “Exhibit_onscroll” on Instagram, which both engaged with the questions of image representation and dematerialisation within observing the format of an exhibition, and its influence on the viewer and contemporary art position in the digital age. The new exhibition at Hobusepea gallery will carry on with previous subjects and complement these through the contemporary context of archeology and museology by researching the relationship between the exhibited objects and their display elements as well the representative 3D virtual reality.

Kristina Õllek works in the field of photography, video and installation, and questions the
relations between space, object and image, considering the context of the original and the copy. Her work examines contemporary visual culture, how representation can be mediated and how it influences our perception. She is particularly interested in the format of exhibition making and in the phenomenon of art docu-mentation, regarding how its position has changed in the digital age.
Kristina Õllek received a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from the Estonian Academy of Arts
(Fine Arts, Photography), as well as completed her studies at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (2016) and Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee (2012). She has twice been awarded the Young Artist Prize by the Estonian Academy of Arts (in 2013 and 2016). Since 2013 she is the co-founder and member of the artist-run space Rundum.

Kert Viiart is a graphic designer and visual artist. In his practice he deals with the influence of technological development on visual language by researching the relations of virtual representations to everyday objects and environments. He also co-runs, with Carl-Robert Kagge, a graphic design studio Le60. He has worked in the Estonian Academy of Arts as the master of silk screen printing studio and as a guest lector at the Department of Graphic Design.

The exhibition is part of the Young Artist Prize, which was awarded to Kristina Õllek in 2016 for her MA graduation work, and it belongs to the Tallinn Photomonth’17 contemporary art biennial gallery programm.

(Hyper)emotional: YOU

Vernissage on August 4 at 5pm.

International exhibition-project (Hyper)emotional: YOU sets three equally important factors for the process: collective creation, scenography and emotional manipulation. The project curated by Evelyn Raudsepp originates from her concept of a grey-hall, the meeting point of the white cube and the black box, which was put forth in her curatorial concept of the 5th Artishok Biennale, and approaches exhibition-making through performing arts. (Hyper)emotional: YOU takes two elements from theatre, collective creation and scenography, and uses them as methods for exhibition-making. The participants (working with visual, performing arts, scenography, sound, choreography) have been proposed to collectively create a holistic environment inside EKKM.

Thematically the common starting point for the artists is emotional manipulation. Firstly, in theatre the emotional response of the audience is always aimed for (by narrative, actor’s work) or even technically triggered (by light and sound). The second context lies within the post-truth condition of emotion-based communication and manipulation in media, which creates an image of a (hyper)emotional society.

Artists are working collectively in EKKM for two weeks and the outcome is on view from August 5 until September 10.

Graphic design: Margus Tamm

Supported by: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Estonian Ministry of Culture, AS Peri
Some photos of the exhibition can be seen here –

“The Study of Sight”

Photo: Aron Urb

From 29 July to 3 September, Annika Haas, Elo Liiv and Jekaterina Kultajeva will be exhibiting their photo, video, sound and sculpture installations at the Art Hall Gallery. The works depict the visually impaired people of Estonia and raise the theme of “social blindness” more broadly.

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Louis Kahn’s Magnum Opus

You are cordially invited to the opening of the exhibition on May 31st at 5PM at the Museum of Estonian Architecture.

In January of 2017, the artist and architectural photographer Arne Maasik travelled to Bangladesh and India to photograph the architectural projects of Louis Kahn (1901–1974), an American architect born in Estonia.

As an architect Kahn is considered to be a mystic and is held in extremely high esteem in the international architectural world. Interest in his visual thinking has been intensive throughout the early 21st century.

This exhibition is part of a broader research process, in the course of which questions are being posed about the connections between Kahn’s architecture and medieval European fortress architecture, and more specifically, the Kuressaare Castle.

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Retrospective of Jüri Okas – the classic of Estonian avantgard art

Corner Solution. 1979. Deep print.

Jüri Okas is one of a group of artists who in the late 1960s and early 1970s, while still a student of the Estonian State Art Institute, set out to overthrow previous values – the principles of art-making drawn from the modernist aesthetics – and replace them with the futuristic visions of Pop art and the impersonal documentation of Conceptual art.

Jüri Okas first showed his work to the general public in 1975 at the exhibition Event – Harku 1975 – Objects and Conceptions. By that time he had already produced some of his revolutionary artworks and had brought activities and concepts into Estonian art life which were absolutely new and difficult to decode at the time.

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Time Difference. The main exhibition of the 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennal.

The series of utensils made of polished precious stones titled “Cultured manners” by Belgian artist Octave Vandeweghe. Photo: Liina Lelov

While Greek mythology used to depict time as the wise old man with a grey beard known as Chronos, the contemporary personification of him seems to be a younger scatter-brained individual who is rather nervous and constantly rushing about. Both slowness (falling behind) and speed (extreme superficiality) have acquired equally negative connotations. At the same time, the sense of time is subjective. The pace of passing of time is not inevitable – its tempo and meaning are determined by our own choices and value systems.

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